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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

The Sox suffered their first really crushing defeat of the season, falling 10-4 to Baltimore. The good news: A.J. Pierzynski had three hits, Paul Konerko is still great in big spots and Philip Humber battled to strike out seven and limit Baltimore to one run in 5 13 innings pitched.

The bad news: The Sox absolutely imploded on themselves. Three solo home runs in the eighth and ninth innings tied things up -- representing Hector Santiago's first blown save -- and then Alejandro De Aza's dropped fly ball fueled a six-run 10th by the Orioles.

A 95-loss season is unrealistic, even with losses like Monday's. Matt Thornton and Robin Ventura offered up their thoughts on Jim Leyland's lambasting of those dismal projections prior to yesterday's contest.

Chris Sale joined a group of pitchers that includes Jim Kaat and Scott Eyre with his outing on Sunday. Chris Kamka has the details.

I had the White Sox at No. 16 while Tony Andracki had them at No. 15 in our latest power rankings.

Larry has a good rundown of the No. 2 issue, Jim points out the Sox are four games under .500 vs. Baltimore since 2007 and James previewed Philip Humber.

Around the division: Justin Verlander threw a 100 mph fastball on roughly pitch No. 300 to end a 3-2 Detroit win over Kansas City, Justin Morneau's continued struggles led Ron Gardenhire to drop him in the Twins' lineup -- to which he responded with a nice game in a win over the Yankees -- and Lewie Pollis looked at Cleveland's signing of Johnny Damon.

Reynaldo Lopez continues hot start to second half, helps snap White Sox losing streak

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Reynaldo Lopez continues hot start to second half, helps snap White Sox losing streak

After a rough outing against the Detroit Tigers on July 4 — his last before the All-Star break — White Sox starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez vowed to be a different pitcher going forward.

“At this point, after a really bad first half, there's not much I can say about that. Starting today, you're going to see a different pitcher going forward for the second half of the season,” Lopez said after his July 4 start through team interpreter Billy Russo. “What is done is done. There's nothing else that I can do to change what is done.

“I can do different things to get better and to be a better pitcher for the year and that's what I'm going to do.”

Two outings later, and Lopez is nearing the point where he can say “I told you so.”

Lopez has come out of the break firing on all cylinders after struggling to a 4-8 record and MLB-worst 6.34 ERA before the Midsummer Classic. Friday, he tossed seven innings of two-run ball, allowing just six hits and one walk compared to eight strikeouts. This follows his brilliant outing against the Athletics on Sunday in which he pitched six innings, allowing just three hits and one run — albeit unearned — with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Lopez exited Sunday’s game in line for a win before the White Sox bullpen slipped up. The offense allowed no such opportunity on Friday, tallying 16 hits en route to a 9-2 drubbing of the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s Lopez’s first win since June 9 against the Kansas City Royals.

Lopez has received a fair share of criticism this season for his struggles, but his recent success should not come as much of a surprise considering how he fared in 2018. The 25-year-old posted a 3.91 ERA in 32 starts, striking out 151 batters in 188 2/3 innings.

Lopez’s strikeout rate in 2019 is up compared to 2018 (8.19 K/9 in 2019 vs. 7.20 in 2018) and his walk rate is down (3.32 BB/9 in 2019 vs. 3.58 in 2018). The major difference is that opponents are hitting .284 against him this season compared to .234 in 2018, while also holding a .319 BABIP, up from .260 last season.

It may just be two starts, but Lopez is backing up his vow to pitch better. Between Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease and the returns of Michael Kopech and Carlos Rodón from Tommy John surgery in 2020, the White Sox future starting rotation is in good hands. Getting Lopez back to pitching how he did in 2018 will only take that group to the next level.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Interview with Hall of Famer Harold Baines

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Interview with Hall of Famer Harold Baines

Chuck Garfien sits down with new Hall of Famer Harold Baines.

First, Chuck, Ryan McGuffey and Chris Kamka share their memories of watching Baines play with the White Sox (1:40). Then, Baines explains why he's always been so soft-spoken (8:45), how he was able to play 22 seasons in the majors (13:00), why he's never spoken to GM Larry Himes for trading him to Texas (15:30), the apology he received from President George W. Bush (16:30), what he thinks about the critics who don't think he should be in the Hall of Fame (18:25), a replay of Baines emotional interview with Chuck about his dad (20:50) and more.

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below: